Attack-minded Italy and Belgium won in style while Germany made it two wins from two games in 2020 European Championship qualifiers on Saturday.
Kean keeps up scoring form in Juventus win over Empoli
ROME (AP) — Moise Kean can't seem to miss lately.
Days after scoring two goals in his first two starts for Italy, the 19-year-old Kean came off the bench to secure injury-depleted Juventus a...
PARMA, Italy (AP) — Veteran forward Fabio Quagliarella became the oldest player to score for Italy as he converted two penalties to help the Azzurri beat 10-man Liechtenstein 6-0 on Tuesday in...
Italy and Spain both made easy work of low-ranked opposition on Tuesday as the two former European champions try to build some momentum after a disappointing year.
Italy’s youth movement shines in 2-0 win over Finland
UDINE, Italy (AP) — Italy came away with hope for the future after Nicolo Barella and Moise Kean scored their first international goals in a 2-0 win over Finland to open European Championship...
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Nicolo Zaniolo had not played a match in Italy's top flight less than a year ago but could make his first appearance for Italy this week.
The Latest: UK, 3 non-EU nations ink ex-pat residency deal
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plans to leave the European Union (all times local):
The British government has agreed to allow citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein already living in Britain to remain after Brexit even if the country leaves the European Union without a deal.
The agreement finalized on Friday should remove the uncertainty a "hard" Brexit scenario posed for some 15,000 citizens of the three non-EU nations who live in Britain.
Shiffrin wins as Vonn fails to finish last Cortina race
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup super-G on Sunday while Lindsey Vonn failed to finish her final race in Cortina.
Taking advantage of a tricky course set by one of her coaches, Shiffrin finished 0.16 seconds ahead of Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein.
Tamara Tippler of Austria finished third, 0.18 behind.
No longer tuning skis, Stuhec’s mom can enjoy the wins more
SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Now that she's no longer preparing her daughter's skis, Darja Crnko gets to spend more time on the hill admiring Ilka Stuhec.
And there's been plenty to admire recently.
Stuhec overcame a messy run to win a World Cup super-G on Wednesday and sweep a series of two speed races on the Saslong course.
Italy to play 1st 2 Euro 2020 qualifiers in Udine and Parma
ROME (AP) — Italy will play its first two qualifying matches for the 2020 European Championship in Udine and Parma.
The Italian football federation announced on Friday that the match against Finland on March 23 will take place at the Dacia Arena in Udine and Italy will then play Liechtenstein at the Stadio Tardini in Parma three days later.
Italy is unbeaten in its eight games at Udinese's stadium, having won six and drawn the other two.
Wrong anthem, right result for Gibraltar in 1st win
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Gibraltar won its first-ever competitive game after 22 straight losses with a 1-0 victory over host Armenia on Saturday in the UEFA Nations League.
Joseph Chipolina scored the historic winner in Yerevan from the penalty spot in the 50th minute.
It was also the first away victory for Gibraltar, which has a population of around 30,000, in any international game.
Syria criticizes event on UN body investigating crimes
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria is sharply criticizing an upcoming event on the U.N. investigative body that is assisting in documenting serious crimes committed during the seven-year Syrian conflict, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Syria's U.N. ambassador, Bashar Ja'afari, said in a letter to General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak circulated Friday that the Sept. 27 event is another "destructive" action by its sponsors, Qatar and Liechtenstein.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the 20th anniversary of the statute that created the International Criminal Court, supporters praised the tribunal's actions to punish perpetrators of the world's worst atrocities and expressed concerns about the enormous challenges and political attacks it faces.
GENEVA (AP) — The younger brother of Alpine skier Lara Gut is leaving the Switzerland team to race for neighboring Liechtenstein.
The Swiss ski federation says Ian Gut wants to find new impetus in his career after several seasons in the lower ranks of the national team.
The 23-year-old Gut represented Switzerland at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics but never raced on the World Cup circuit. He already has a passport from Liechtenstein, a principality of about 37,000 people.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has named former Ambassador Suzi LeVine as the new head of the Employment Security Department.
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Tina Weirather won a World Cup super-G Saturday to overtake Lara Gut for first place in the discipline's standings with one race left
The Olympic bronze medalist from Liechtenstein overtook Gut to go top of the standings. Weirather will carry a 46-point lead over her Swiss rival, who finished the race in seventh, into the final event on March 15 at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden.
Cortina downhill win puts Vonn on track for Olympics
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — It's exactly what Lindsey Vonn was hoping for — a dominant victory one month before she goes for gold at the Olympics.
Vonn amped up her preparations for the Pyeongchang Games by winning a World Cup downhill by a large margin Saturday while Italian rival Sofia Goggia avoided a major crash with the help of a safety air bag.
Vonn dominates Cortina downhill training again
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn dominated training for a World Cup downhill for the second consecutive day on the Olympia delle Tofane course.
Vonn finished a massive 0.96 seconds ahead of Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein and was 1.25 seconds ahead of American teammate Jacqueline Wiles on Thursday.
Sofia Goggia of Italy was fourth and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin — racing this downhill for the first time — was fifth.
Tina Weirather wins World Cup super-G at Lake Louise
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won the women's World Cup super-G on Sunday for her first Lake Louise victory.
Weirather finished in 1 minute, 18.52 seconds in sunny conditions. She won after finishing second five times in downhill and super-G races at the resort.
"Well, it really means a lot to me because I was here and on the podium so many times," Weirather said. "I think seven times and now the first win. I was so close a couple of times."
Lindsey Vonn second-fastest in Lake Louise downhill training
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Lindsey Vonn was the second-fastest in training Thursday for the season-opening women's World Cup downhill.
An 18-time winner at Lake Louise, Vonn is back at the resort west of Calgary after missing the stop last season because of a broken arm. The 33-year-old American star had a run of 1 minute, 48.29 seconds to finish 0.15 seconds behind Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic.
Downhills are set for Friday and Saturday, followed by a super-G race Sunday.
Route 66 brewery sued by European company over name
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico brewery that uses the Route 66 in its name faces a lawsuit from a European company that says it owns the beer sales and marketing trademark for the famed American highway.
Spain and Serbia close in on World Cup spots
Spain and Serbia are on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after wins on Tuesday, while Croatia and Iceland are top of a very tight Group I.
Spain followed up Saturday's 3-0 win over Italy by crushing Liechtenstein 8-0 to remain top of Group G, three points ahead of the Azzurri, who labored to a 1-0 win over Israel.
Serbia is similarly in control of Group D after beating Ireland 1-0 to go four points clear.
Spains crushes Liechtenstein 8-0, Italy beats Israel 1-0
Spain cruised to an 8-0 win over last-place Liechtenstein to stay in control of Group G in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.
Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas each scored two goals as Spain maintained its three-point advantage over second-place Italy with two matches remaining.
Spain routs Liechtenstein 8-0 to stay in control in Group G
VADUZ, Liechtenstein (AP) — Spain cruised to an 8-0 win over last-place Liechtenstein to stay in control of Group G in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.
Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas each scored two goals as Spain guaranteed at least second place in the group and repeated its 8-0 victory over Liechtenstein last year.
Spain also scored with Sergio Ramos, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, David Silva and an own goal by Max Goeppel.
David Villa to miss Spain qualifier at Liechtenstein
MADRID (AP) — Spain striker David Villa will miss Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein after injuring a muscle during training.
Spain's team doctors had originally said Villa was doubtful after he pulled a muscle during Sunday's team practice. But the doctors ruled the 35-year-old striker unavailable hours later.
Villa played the final two minutes of Spain's 3-0 win over Italy on Saturday, his first appearance after a three-year absence from the national team.
Villa doubtful for Spain’s qualifier vs. Liechtenstein
MADRID (AP) — Spain says striker David Villa is doubtful for its World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein on Tuesday after injuring a muscle during training.
Villa's injury occurred on Sunday, a day after Spain beat Italy 3-0 to take the lead of their qualifying group.
Villa played the final two minutes of the match against Italy, his first after a three-year absence from Spain's team.
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Record scorer Villa gets first Spain call-up since 2014
MADRID (AP) — Veteran striker David Villa was summoned by Spain on Friday for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, and became the first Major League Soccer player to join the national squad.
The 35-year-old New York City FC striker was included in a 26-man squad by coach Julen Lopetegui that will host Italy on Sept. 2 and visit Liechtenstein on Sept. 5 in another World Cup qualifier.
ROME (AP) — Brazilian-born left back Emerson Palmieri was called up to Italy's squad on Saturday for the first time for a friendly against Uruguay and a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.
The 22-year-old Emerson, who plays for Roma, obtained Italian citizenship in March courtesy of relatives on his mother's side.
AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was called back to the squad for the first time since injuring his left knee against Spain in October, which ruled him out for six months.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's statistical agency says that more than 63,000 children traveling without adult company applied for asylum last year, more than half of them Afghan and Syrian nationals.
Eurostat said Thursday that 63,300 unaccompanied minors applied for international protection in the 28 EU nations plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
It said the number was a third down from last year but still five times higher than the annual average.
GIJON, Spain (AP) — Spain and Italy both scored early on their way to comfortable home victories that extended their lead in Group G of European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Spain defeated Israel 4-1 in Gijon, while Italy beat Albania 2-0 in Palermo in a match halted for nearly nine minutes after Albania fans threw flares onto the pitch.
Weirather takes race, super-G title at World Cup Finals
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Dad has a crystal globe. Mom has several of them. Now Tina Weirather has one, too.
It will sure look nice in the family trophy case — once they assemble it again.
Weirather turned in a smooth run to win a super-G race Thursday at World Cup Finals and overtake Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia for the season-long discipline crown.
ROME (AP) — Genoa defender Armando Izzo could be banned for six years in a match-fixing scandal.
The Italian federation has asked for the suspension and a fine of 20,000 euros ($21,000) for Izzo, who was called up the Italian national team for the first time in November for the World Cup qualifying match against Liechtenstein and friendly against Germany.
"It's a blow, I didn't expect it," Izzo said. "The truth will come out but at the moment I'm going through a nightmare."
Scottish visit Liechtenstein, eyeing EU trade post-Brexit
GENEVA (AP) — With Britain's exit from the European Union looming, Scottish officials have been visiting Liechtenstein to explore the tiny Alpine country's arrangements that give it access to the massive EU market.
Liechtenstein Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick says Scottish envoys have been "coming and visiting ... and trying to find out especially about the functioning" of the European Economic Area that allows Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway to be part of the EU single market.
Spain & Italy roll, Ireland leads its WCup qualifying group
Former champions Spain and Italy eased to comfortable 4-0 wins over weak opponents in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.
A Spain side missing several players due to injury tacked on some late goals to trounce Macedonia while Italy eased up after a first-half barrage at Liechtenstein to remain tied atop Group G with 10 points each.
Ireland seized control of Group D with a 1-0 win over Austria, while rivals Wales and Serbia drew 1-1 after a dramatic end in Cardiff.
Spain & Italy win to stay tied atop WCup qualifying group
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — After missing out on the European Championship, forwards Victor "Vitolo" Machin and Andrea Belotti helped Spain and Italy move one step closer to World Cup qualification by leading their team's comfortable wins on Saturday.
Vitolo was Spain's most incisive player and put its 4-0 victory over Macedonia beyond doubt, while Belotti scored twice in Italy's 4-0 victory at Liechtenstein.
Marchisio back in Italy squad for Liechtenstein and Germany
ROME (AP) — Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is back in the Italy squad after six months out with a torn cruciate ligament, which forced him to miss the European Championship.
Marchisio, who has made 54 appearances for Italy, scored a rare goal in his last international match — a 2-2 draw against Romania, almost exactly a year ago.
Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano and Lazio midfielder Danilo Cataldi have been called up for the first time for the matches against Liechtenstein and Germany.
Italy wins late to keep pace with Spain in Group G
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Italy kept Spain from opening a significant advantage atop Group G by scoring two late goals and salvaging a 3-2 win at Macedonia on Sunday in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Spain got off to a slow start at Albania but eased to a 2-0 victory behind second-half goals by Diego Costa and Manuel "Nolito" Agudo.
Italy needed an injury-time goal by Ciro Immobile to secure the hard-fought win that allowed it to join Spain atop the group with seven points.
As Spain nets 8 and Italy 3, Kosovo gets landmark debut goal
Spain put eight goals past Liechtenstein. Wales netted four against Moldova. Italy scored three in Israel.
But the most significant goal in Monday's nine World Cup qualifiers in Europe came from a Kosovo player only given permission to make his debut for football's newest country hours before taking to the field in Finland.
And it wasn't just a meaningless consolation goal from Valon Berisha. Far from it.
Spain routs Liechtenstein 8-0 in Group G; Italy beats Israel
LEON, Spain (AP) — Diego Costa scored a goal in each half to lead Spain to an 8-0 rout of Lichtenstein in Group G of European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Monday.
Sergi Roberto, David Silva, Victor "Vitolo" Machin and Alvaro Morata also scored for Spain in its first competitive match under new coach Julen Lopetegui, who replaced Vicente del Bosque last month after the team's elimination in the round of 16 at the European Championship.
17-year-old girl still critical after Swiss train attack
BERLIN (AP) — A 17-year-old girl remained in life-threatening condition Monday after a man attacked her and other passengers on a Swiss train with a knife and burning liquid, police said.
Seven people including the suspect were wounded in the Saturday afternoon attack. On Sunday, the 27-year-old assailant and a 34-year-old woman he had attacked died of their injuries.